Fufa President Moses Magogo had a word with players and officials of the Uganda Cranes before the team flew out ahead of the CHAN tournament.
The Cranes will have a training camp in Tunisia before connecting to Algeria for a tournament that gets underway on January 13.
Magogo urged the players to fight for the badge: “We must be a very organised group, you have families, parents and people who believe in you; imagine them seeing you doing wonders for this country.”
“When you get on the pitch, give out your best whatever minutes the coach gives you.
“Let’s prepare ourselves; we are going for war, we are not going for a picnic and in this war if you don’t shoot you will be shot therefore you must always be switched on.”
The President added: “Let’s go out there and fight for ourselves, CHAN is about you more than AFCON.”
Uganda is in Group B alongside DR Congo, Senegal and Ivory Coast.
Did you know – The Cranes have qualified for every edition of the CHAN apart from the inaugural edition in 2009, but have never progressed past the group stages.
Cranes Match Schedule in Group B:
January 14, 2023 : DR Congo v Uganda – 19 May Stadium, Annaba
January 18, 2023 : Senegal v Uganda – 19 May Stadium, Annaba
January 22, 2023 : Uganda v Côte d’Ivoire – Baraki Stadium, Algiers
Goalkeepers – Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Gaddafi FC), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC)
Defenders – Ashiraf Mandela (Vipers SC), James Begisa (URA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), Isa Mubiru (Vipers SC), Hillary Mukundane (Vipers SC), Kenneth Ssemakula(SC Villa), Geoffrey Wasswa (KCCA FC), Gift Fred (SC Villa)
Midfielders – Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Vipers SC), Abdu Karim Watambala(Vipers SC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC)
Forwards – Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Rogers Kassim Mato (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants), Frank Ssebufu (Wakiso Giants FC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Nelson Ssenkatuka(Soltilo Bright Stars FC)